by Keana Bean
(Greensboro, NC USA)
Recently, Dad got 2 questions about becoming a Disney Travel Agent.
Hi, I have been interested in becoming a Disney Travel Planner for quite some time but have no idea where to start. Do you have any information you could share with me or direction on whom I should speak with? Any info would be greatly appreciated!
And Charlotte asks,
Hi, I’m just wanting too know how you would go about working for a company in selling wdw holidays? Thank you!
It’s not all fun and games – Photo by Laurie Sapp
Dad’s a Hard Row to Hoe Answer
Keana and Charlotte, I think it’s great that you want to help people plan their perfect, magical vacations. But there’s a lot you will need to learn and consider about becoming a Disney travel agent and if it’s right for you. It ain’t easy (even if Shannon and her team at Destinations to Travel make it look like a walk in the park).
Let me be straight with you. It’s going to be hard work – even the best agents out there only have a 10% success rate when it comes to selling Disney vacations. Why? Disney is your biggest competitor! They spend more money than you and I could ever dream of on advertising so that folks buy directly from them instead of through an agent. And when you do manage to make a booking, Disney’s commission rate is lower than any other vacation provider.
But, yes there’s a BUT, it can be a lot of fun! You’re talking, planning, and researching about Disney all day, every day! Disney vacations at the best! Why wouldn’t you want to have that job? And when you need to go on vacation for your own research purposes, you might even be able to use it as a tax deduction (your accountant can advise the correct way to handle that).
Becoming a travel agent is easy – even Dad did it. I went to the bookstore, bought a book on how to do it, and learned the ropes from a local agent. It wasn’t for me, but it might be for you. Working with an established agent to learn your way in the industry is a really big help.
Now, to be a Disney travel agent, you also need to know anything and everything about Disney vacations, just like Dad. If you can do that, you’ll have a fair shot.
You might consider reaching out to my favorite travel agent in the whole wide world – Shannon Bonadurer at Destinations to Travel. She’ll be happy to give you a bit more info on the process and set you on your way.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Keana, and Charlotte – I’m not trying to scare you, just being honest is the way Dad does things. Look into it a bit more and see if becoming a Disney travel agent is the right path for you. Whatever happens, I wish you both the best!